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Harry Houdini

Magician (24-Mar-1874 — 31-Oct-1926)


Don Bell. The Man Who Killed Houdini. Véhicule Press. 2005. 260pp. Biography of J. Gordon Whitehead.

Ruth Brandon. The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini. Random House Canada. 1994. 355pp.

Milbourne Christopher. Houdini: The Untold Story. Cassell. 1969. 281pp.

Raymund Fitzsimons. Death and the Magician: The Mystery of Houdini. Simon & Schuster. 1985. 216pp.

Walter Brown Gibson. Houdini's Escapes and Magic: Prepared from Houdini's Private Notebooks and Memoranda With the Assistance of Beatrice Houdini, Widow of Houdini, and Bernard M. L. Ernst, President of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians. Blue Ribbon Books. 1932. 316pp.

William Lindsay Gresham; James L. Henry. Houdini: Man Who Walked Through Walls. Manor Books. 1975. 263pp.

Doug Henning; Charles R. Reynolds. Houdini: His Legend and His Magic. Times Books. 1977. 190pp.

Harry Houdini. The Unmasking of Robert-Houndin. The Publishers Printing Co.. 1908. 319pp.

William Kalush; Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. Simon and Schuster. 2006. 592pp.

Harold Kellock; Beatrice Rahner Houdini. Houdini: His Life-Story. Blue Ribbon Books. 1928. 384pp.

Bernard C. Meyer. Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait. Dutton. 1976. 197pp.

James Randi; Bert Randolph Sugar. Houdini: His Life and Art. Grosset & Dunlap. 1976. 191pp.

Joseph Francis Rinn. Sixty Years of Psychical Research: Houdini and I Among the Spiritualists. Truth Seeker Co.. 1950. 618pp.

Kenneth Silverman. Houdini! The Career of Ehrich Weiss. HarperPerennial. 1997. 544pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.323)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.736)

  8. Webster's American Biographies (p.509)

  9. The Film Encyclopedia, 5th Edition (p.670)

  10. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.349)

  11. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.244)

  12. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.456)

  13. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, pp.456-58)

  14. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.351)

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